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About Peter Fairweather
Peter Fairweather has a practice specializing in strategic change processes for communities and organizations. His work draws upon more than twenty years of experience in strategic planning, economic development, education and community planning.
President of Fairweather Consulting for over fifteen years, he regularly leads consulting teams on projects related to strategic planning, economic development and community revitalization. The technology-led economic development strategy he created for rural Ontario County, NY has been featured at conferences throughout the United States. He recently completed a strategic plan for Walkway Over the Hudson, the organization that created the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. He has successfully completed analyses for arts, wine and food-related projects in Texas, Pennsylvania and the Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley regions in New York.
Prior to founding Fairweather Consulting, he held various leadership positions at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He directed an institute on community planning & economic development, was the campus-wide coordinator for a facilities master plan and was part of a four-person team that led the State’s response to a major IBM downsizing. During that time, he also designed the college’s Institute for International Business (which provides courses and internships for international clients), helped create the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, produced public affairs television programming and helped create the Hudson Valley Forum, a symposium series that became the college’s single largest source of unrestricted private funding. Mr. Fairweather was also part of the team that initiated the SUNY Learning Network (now known as Open SUNY), a system-wide distance learning platform.
Mr. Fairweather received his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, where he was an Arthur Bromage Fellow. His bachelor’s degree in political science was earned summa cum laude at SUNY New Paltz. He is a member of the American Planning Association, the International Economic Development Council, the Society for College & University Planning, the New York Planning Federation, the Northeast Economic Development Association and the New York State Economic Development Council. He recently completed the Planning Institute for the Society of College & University Planning, fostering integrated planning for institutions of higher education.